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I’m excited to share with you my favorite crochet pattern, from one of my favorite people: The Aunt Ida Hat!
Do you have a hero that inspires you? My heroes were my Mother and my Aunts.
Each of the sisters – Anne, Ida, and Lily – loved family and loved God, often having Bible studies and prayer times with each other and their children and grandchildren. They believed in JOYFUL and PURPOSEFUL living! And loved to express themselves in art through painting, jewelry making, and needlework which they learned from their mother – my grandmother! My mother’s twin sister (my Aunt Ida), lived the longest – and made it to 98! She was passionate about crocheting.
During her last ten years she made over 3000 hats (we call them the Aunt Ida hat).
No matter our age, health or circumstance: God can use us to help others. – Aunt Ida
Aunt Ida donated them to everyone whenever she heard a need: women’s prisons, homeless shelters, Operation Christmas Child, and church thrift shops.
Each one was treasured because of the love and care they represented. Tucked into every hat was a special hand-typed scripture that spoke about God’s love. She felt it added that extra “hug” to the gift.
“I know that is the reason that at my age, I am as contented as I am, and I look forward each day to the things waiting for me to do.”
This Aunt Ida hat is an easy crochet pattern she designed. You will find you can make more than one in an evening!
Instructions for the Aunt Ida Hat:
I like to use an I or a J Hook. However, you can use a smaller hook and thinner yarn to make one for a smaller size. Everyone crochets differently – some tight and some loose. When I use an “I” hook it fits my adult head size. The thickness of the yarn you choose will also affect the size. The best advice I can give to you is, do a test hat and check the results and HAVE FUN.
You can get a crochet hook set of 5 different sizes that you can experiment with HERE at Amazon.
I primarily use Red Heart Super Saver from Michael’s always purchased with a coupon! My Aunt would use only one color for a complete hat. I like to use up scrap yarn and change color almost every row.
- Round 1 Chain 4, slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring. Chain 3 (this counts as double crochet) then 11 dc (double crochet) in the ring, join with sl st (slip stitch) in top of chain 3 (12 stitches).
- Round 2 (Chain 3, 2 dc) in first stitch, dc front post (fp) around the next stitch, (3 dc in next st, fp around next st) around, join. (24 stitches). The “front post” stitch makes those lovely little ridges you can see in the picture below. I like them because it helps me to keep an accurate count as you keep crocheting around the circle.
- Round 3 (Chain 3, dc) in first st, fp around next st, (2 dc in next st, fp around next st) around, join (36 sts)Round 4: (Chain 3, dc) in first st, dc in next st, fp around next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st, fp around next st) around, join. (48 sts)
- Round 5-12 Chain 3, dc in next 2 stitches, fp around next st, (dc in next 3 sts, fp around next st) around, join. (Keep repeating and slowly the circle turns in on itself and takes a hat shape.)
(Now I don’t necessarily do 12 rows. I do more or less – as many as looks good or feels good on my head. Most of all, crocheting is very forgiving, if you make a mistake, it still might make a very nice hat! I always try it on my own head and make sure that it comes to around my ears to make sure it is long enough – you don’t want to make a tiny cap. If you continue with more and more rows, you could roll up the bottom to create a different look!)
- Last Row Single crochet all around. Fasten Off. (Ok sometimes I do half-double crochet all around. You could even do a scallop if you want to be adventurous. UPDATE – recently I’ve been doing several single crochet rows around the rim to give it a different look. Check out the latest picture of my daughter’s creations at the bottom of this post. REMEMBER – Be creative – have fun! This now becomes YOUR creation!
Here’s a really nice set of Ergonomic Crochet Hooks at Amazon!
Once you’ve finished your hat – you can add a pom-pom or even a crocheted flower. Check out my blog post about crocheting a simple flower that you can add to a hat, headband, hair tie, etc.
Or even get some crocheted flowers from Amazon!
How about adding an “I made this with LOVE just for YOU” card? I have free printable tags that you can print HERE.
Here are some other free crochet tutorials I’ve posted.
Do you need YARN for all of your crocheting? Definitely check out my post on
How to Get FREE (or really cheap) YARN
Check out this variation using those “cakes” that are so popular – this one was from ACMoore called Sweet Roll. My daughter continued single crochet rows to make a longer rim that could even be turned over – plus a fun pompom at the top!
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